Transportation Options Program

Updated July 5, 2023

What's Happening Now?

The Transportation Options group is developing a strategic plan to guide our programs for the next 5+ years (2024-2030). SDOT’s Transportation Options group specifically focuses on Transportation Demand Management (TDM), which aims to decrease reliance on single occupancy vehicles by supporting people walking, rolling, biking, scooting, riding transit, and using alternative work arrangements (telework and flexwork).

This plan succeeds our 2019-2023 Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Strategic Plan, which was focused on leveraging our longstanding CTR program towards greater goals and targets. Now, as travel habits have shifted post-pandemic and the City develops its Seattle Transportation Plan, we are building a new plan to align with those factors, taking a fresh look at how we should implement TDM efforts and offerings, including incentives, education, partnerships, and policies. This strategic plan will identify priorities for improving our existing programs as well as further expanding our offerings to new audiences beyond the traditional focus on 9-to-5 commuters, including residents, visitors, and more.

Why We Support a Range of Transportation Options

Seattle believes in providing a range of transportation options to align with our core goals of equity, safety, mobility and sustainability. We provide information, support, and policies to support choosing transit, ridesharing, active transportation, and remote or “flex” work arrangements.  The City’s current comprehensive plan goal is that 35% or less of commutes and 25% or less non-commute trips citywide be made by single occupancy vehicles by 2035 and the Transportation Options Program uses many strategies to support progress towards that goal, including:   

  • Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Program: Working with major employers to reduce peak drive alone trips and meet programmatic performance targets, backed by State Law
  • Transportation Management Programs (TMPs): Working with property managers to meet site-specific mode split targets  
  • Commuter Benefit Ordinance: Requires that businesses with 20 or more employees offer workers the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses
  • MyTrips: Leading by example by providing City employees an excellent commuting program including complimentary transit passes and bike facilities. MyTrips is only available to City of Seattle employees 

Visualize The Impact of Your Transportation Option

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Related SDOT Programs and Resources:


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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